Hleb arrives, Diego to depart Bundesliga

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Posted Thursday, September 01, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

Wolfsburg confirmed the arrival of Alexander Hleb from Barcelona on Wednesday while negotiating the departure of Diego to Atletico Madrid.

The Bundesliga club said it secured Belarus midfielder Hleb on loan until Dec. 31, and that he would wear the No. 6 jersey.

“I expect he will take on an important role in the team,” said Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath, who trained Hleb from 2001-04 at Stuttgart.

Meanwhile, German media say Wolfsburg wants to sell unwanted Brazilian midfielder Diego, while Atletico wants a loan deal.

Wolfsburg has let two defenders go—Simon Kjaer on loan to Roma with an option to buy, and 18-year-old left back Florian Hartherz to Werder Bremen, which confirmed the departure of Germany defender Per Mertesacker to English Premier League side Arsenal.

Schalke has also been busy on the final day of the transfer market, with a deal for HJK Helsinki’s 21-year-old Finnish striker Teemu Pukki expected.

Schalke allowed another 21-year-old striker, Switzerland’s Mario Gavranovic, to leave on loan to Mainz. Mainz retains an option to buy at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Turkish side Besiktas said it was negotiating with Schalke for the loan of Brazilian striker Edu.

Second-division side Eintracht Frankfurt announced the signing of striker Mohamadou Idrissou from Borussia Moenchengladbach, which announced the departure of U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley to Chievo Verona in Italy.

U.S. defender Gale Agbossoumonde was linked with Frankfurt, and the 19-year-old’s transfer was registered with the German Football League (DFL) before its deadline, but there’s been no confirmation from the club.

Hamburger SV announced the signing of Croatia midfielder Ivo Ilicevic from Bundesliga rival Kaiserslautern, and the departure of Dutch winger Eljero Elia to Serie A’s Juventus.

Another Croatian, Josip Simunic, is moving to Dinamo Zagreb after playing 271 games in the Bundesliga. The defender’s last club was Hoffenheim, but he also spent nine seasons at Hertha Berlin.


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